Maisie Sly, a 6yr old little girl from Swindon will be wearing a bespoke Little Bevan dress to the 90th Academy Awards this weekend. She stars in the UK film ‘The Silent Child’ which has been nominated in the category for Best Short Film (Live Action) http://oscar.go.com/nominees/short-film-live-action
First Holy Communion is such a meaningful occasion for both the child and their family; and a wonderful time to plan for an extra special outfit - something to treasure forever.
We love to take all the care we can to make each first communion dress. We have a range of styles designed for this particular day, some available to order through our online shop. Mostly we meet mothers and daughters here for an individual appointment at our boutique studio to discuss every detail of their 'dream dress'.
We make dresses in white or sometimes ivory - using silk, organza, chantilly lace, satin, corded lace, with delicate trims of bows, crystals, ribbons and silk buttons... any detail that you may fancy! Also, we remember to make a note of when and where your ceremony is... just to be absolutely sure that your dress is truely styled for you, and no other girl will be matching you that day!
We can also make accessories you may need - for example a soft tulle veil fixed on to a beaded haircomb, or a matching silk bag to keep some treats for the party later! And I'd like to recommend the pretty jewellery that we have styled with the dresses in our photos from Merci Maman http://www.mercimamanboutique.com/junior
Please email us with any enquiries, or to make an appointment: email@example.com
We are over the moon to be shortlisted in the Bridesmaid category of this year’s UK Wedding Awards!
(hosted by Hitched.co.uk, You & Your Wedding and Perfect Wedding magazines)
We are a small, family run company creating special occasion wear at our studio in the heart of London – 10 years in our Pimlico boutique this year, and in this competition we are up against some well-established high street names!
If you love what we do, please take a moment to support the team at Little Bevan. Click through on this link to cast your vote:
Here are some highlights of designs we have made, and fun events we have been involved in:
Looking back to Brides The Show 2016 in London last October - Brides magazine launched the official catwalk video today: an amazing parade of the best designer dresses, and we were really proud to show with them!
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Pop in to see us at the Little Bevan stand M69, all weekend and catch our latest designs modelled on the catwalk this season by our Little Bevan minimaids, Amelia & Tallulah!
'Step into the pages of the UK's favourite bridal magazine from 30th September - 2nd October! Brides The Show brings together the very best of the bridal industry at The Business Design Centre this Autumn - making it the only place to cross off your wedding to-do list in style.
From dresses to diamonds, flowers to cakes, the event will bring together top experts and over 150 luxury suppliers. Expect the freshest ideas, the highest quality craftsmanship and the very latest trends.
The Brides The Show catwalk will this year take on a captivating Circus theme, featuring the latest collections from designers including Suzanne Neville, Charlie Brear and Halfpenny London, PLUS exclusive to the Friday Night Preview, there will be an America's catwalk showcasing seven top American designers including Monique LHuillier, Galia Lahav and Mira Zwillinger.
Be inspired by a crafted selection of hands-on workshops in the Imagination room and interactive travel hub Dream Destinations. Meet bridal experts who will help you plan your big day, and discuss bridal looks with the Bobbi Brown Pro-team and Michael Van-Clarke hairdressers.'
To book tickets visit www.bridestheshow.co.uk and quote 'PARTNER' to get 25% off tickets.
I love May: the young sun shines, the evenings feel longer, the heady scent of lilac has burst into bloom, my favourite fresh green of new leaves in the garden, there are birthdays and fun celebrations, it’s our wedding anniversary – and so many of our customer’s weddings this month too.
Add to all these, this year the Little Bevan team is returning to White Gallery, London in Battersea Park, 15th – 17th May.
“Showcasing the finest in bridal design: As the UK's only designer bridal show, White Gallery at Battersea Evolution sets the style for 2016 with collections that put femininity first, in a celebration of soft, fluid silhouettes and the finest of fabrics.”
“The best thing about White Gallery is that it has so much home-grown talent under one roof. The top brands all exhibit at this beautiful venue and the show is renowned worldwide for its high quality designers exhibiting and high end boutiques visiting the show” Stephanie Allin
So there is much excitement this week as we get the dresses ready for their trip to the park. The show has expanded with more elite suppliers involved.
We shall be on stand 805, up on the Gallery level near to the Buyers Lounge and the Press Area, with our enchanting display of dresses and outfits that epitomise the romance, the pastels and the flowers of an English summer wedding.
We so look forward to meeting with new bridal boutique buyers and catching up with familiar faces there!
We will be showing at the National Wedding Show
26th-28th February 2016
London Olympia W14
Stand number L70 in the Designer Area
"Chances are if you are looking for luxury outfits for your little flower girls and page boys, you have come across Little Bevan. If you haven’t, I am sure you will want to take a look at these exquisite designs in more detail. Sarah Colfer first presented the designs from Little Bevan to brides to be at The National Wedding Show in November 2004."
‘In the early days I was a one-girl-band, designing, cutting and sewing everything myself; planning bespoke outfits for bridal clients and their families from my sitting room,’ explains Sarah. ‘The Little Bevan boutique opened in the winter of 2007, and now we are a bustling team of ‘elves’, working closely together and producing everything from our basement studio in the heart of London.’
Style & the Bride was only too happy to catch up with Sarah Colfer from Little Bevan to discuss amongst other things the ages she caters for, how long it would take to create a bespoke outfit and her new styles for 2016.
Sarah, welcome to Style & the Bride. What is the story behind the name?
I grew up in what I describe as a ‘Blue Peter’ family – in that our mother encouraged us to create all sorts of games, toys and clothes! She kept all her amazing clothes from the ‘50s & ‘60s and we quickly learned to tweak these to suit ourselves. Sadly she died when I was still young, and so Little Bevan is named after her, in memory of her gentle, artistic spirit.
What is your fashion background?
I am totally self taught, apart from basic school sewing classes! I have learned all invaluable skills ‘on-the-spot’ while working for small businesses after I graduated from University (great fun, not very useful!) and especially during my time at the luxury womenswear designer Amanda Wakeley.
What made you decide to launch the company?
While running the bridal room at Amanda Wakeley, I was always asked for good suggestions of where to find lovely dresses for flower girls, to suit the style and quality of their bridal gowns. At that time, it seemed to be a very under-supplied niche in the designer dress world, and I always wanted to run my own independent business.
Do you attract a particular kind of bride?
We attract a discerning bride who really cares about every detail for her perfect wedding; who is looking for children’s outfits to enhance the style and quality of her own bridal dress – clothes to treasure for the children who are most special to her and the wedding family.
Do you think there is a signature Little Bevan look?
My designs have a delicate touch, and an elegant silhouette, with signature layering of sheer organza, soft silks and chantilly lace, often using tonal colours. There is a quintessential ‘englishness’ to the styles, which are inspired by the luxury and romance of historical costume, and my love of classical art and literature.
Please let me know the ages that you cater for.
We design for babies, girls, boys, tricky teens (and tomboys!) and young adult bridesmaids too. I began with just making children’s clothes, but now we cater for all ages, so that a bride can have a beautiful continuity of style and fabrics for all her attendants’ outfits.
It can be difficult to find a ‘grown-up’ dress and outfit for a 10 year old bridesmaid and pageboy. What do you suggest?
It is important to acknowledge the nature of the child in choosing an outfit design, while still appropriate and in-keeping with the bride’s style, so that they love wearing it and totally enjoy their role at the wedding. To give a more grown-up look, we can keep a style a little more simple, nicely fitted, and with clean lines. And then different ages can be linked together, giving a consistent look, by matching fabrics and coloured trims.
If somebody wanted you to make something bespoke for them is that possible? How long does it take?
A bespoke outfit is the ultimate choice for a special event. We have many design samples at our Pimlico store, which give suggestions of styles we can make with bespoke colours and trims. And I love to design a new couture outfit, working closely with a bride’s ideas. This careful process takes a bit longer than for our classic collections – sourcing special fabrics, buttons and details, so it I best to start planning 4-6 months before the event. Just recently for this winter season, we created heritage pageboy outfits, made as close as possible to resemble a little boy depicted in an 18th Century Romney portrait – this was particularly special to do, as the child in the picture is the boys’ great-great-great-grandfather!
What are your new styles for 2016?
Our classics are ever popular and always kept fresh with a choice of bespoke detailing for every bride. Our Georgian blue ice silk dupion and delicate blush pink are on-trend colours for 2016 spring/summer. And I have added to the design range inspired by ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’, which were shown on the catwalk at the recent ‘Brides The Show’. Reflecting the magical enchantment of fairy-land, our new dresses are made in ombre silk georgette, and light-as-air organza, all decorated with hand-made silk flowers, and accessorised with a matching fairy wand!
What’s next for Little Bevan?
I’m very pleased with the imminent launch of our new contemporary website. I can’t wait for the new season’s events where we’ll be showing: The National Wedding Show, Chosen Wedding Fair, London Bridal Fashion Week; and I’m looking forward to the creative collaborations and inspiring design projects that keep me busy!
We will be showing at Brides The Show
30th September - 2nd October 2016
London, Business Design Centre, Islington N1
Stand number M75
We are very excited to be showing again at this inspirational wedding show! We look forward to seeing you there... And keep an eye out for the cutest flower girls on the catwalk shows - delicate chiffon and organza dresses adorned with our couture flowers. All in the spirit of 'The Secret Garden'